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June 2016 Issue

Editorial | by News China Magazine

The impact of China’s tax reform will go beyond economics

China’s tax code has become a major contributor to the hot-button issues of rocketing housing prices and industrial overcapacity.

Politics | by Li Jia, Xu Tian | Urbanization

Changing Hands

Chen Xiwen, one of China’s most prominent specialists on rural affairs, strongly opposes recent proposals to overturn China’s land ownership system and allow urbanites to buy the rural residential land left unattended by migrant workers

Politics | by Xie Ying, Cai Rupeng | Social Insurance

Who Pays the Price?

As more local governments cut employer contributions to social insurance funds in order to boost struggling businesses, employees worry they will ultimately foot the bill

Society | by Wan Jiahuan, Yi Ziyi | Gen 2-D

Breaking the Wall

A heady mix of technology and market forces is expanding China’s market for digital entertainment and feeding the dreams of a young generation comfortable with inhabiting an entirely virtual social landscape

Science | by Wan Jiahuan, Yi Ziyi | Gen 2-D

Final Fantasists

China’s 2-D youth have embraced Japanese anime culture and are quietly building their own universe as far removed as possible from the grind of daily life

International | by Yu Xiaodong | G7 and China

Pressure Point

Tensions over China’s disputes with the US and Japan are now landing on the agendas of international platforms like the G7

International | by Yu Xiaodong | Donald Trump

Mixed Feelings

Despite Donald Trump’s tough stance on China, the prospect of his presidency is welcomed by many across the Pacific

Society | by Wang Shan | Blood Shortage

Pennies for Plasma

Chronic seasonal blood shortages have created a huge black market for blood across China.

Society | by Wang Siqian | Medical Profiteering


Authorities are cracking down harder on people who sell doctors’ appointment slots, but with massive financial incentives and minimal legal ramifications, systemic changes are needed to squash the scalpers

Society | by Wu Ziru, Du Guodong | School Districts


Parents in the Chinese capital rush to buy expensive homes in top school districts regardless of their quality, or even the guarantee of placement in a decent school

Society | by Wang Sijing | Internet Celebrities

The Busi-ness of Online Stardom

A new group of Internet stars is emerging in China – its members are cultivated by “celebrity incubators” to quickly garner fame and use it to push self-branded products. Just as quickly, they are becoming undeniable contenders in online markets

Culture | by Liu Danqing | Zhang Huoding

Lone Star

Zhang Huoding’s intense discipline and talent propelled her to opera greatness, making her a bright star in a fading firmament

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Prize Fighter

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Dams in Distress

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The New Class

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Exam Boot Camp

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In Whose Court?

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Tradition on Trial

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Inevitable Brutality

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Progress or Pornography?

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Graft Breeds Graft

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Saving Nature

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Problem Solved?

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An Avoidable Tragedy

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Who Cares?

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Mean Streets

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How do Chinese people live?

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Back in Action

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Trust Trip

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Fading Lights

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